Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza who is also the leader of the ruling party CNDD-FDD has not yet responded to the sudden resignation of one of the party’s senior members.
“I’m writing to you that effective today October 29th 2019, am no longer a member of CNDD-FDD. But as i decided in 1969 will continue to fight for the peace for all Burundi people,” Festus Ntanyungu said in a brief letter signed by him on Tuesday.
Ntanyungu once served as a Minister and is currently a Member of Parliament – He has ardently been opposed to any attempts by President Pierre Nkurunziza to seek another term in office despite completing all his constitutional terms.
There is no immediate reason fronted by Ntanyungu to defend his resignation from the party today. But observers say he has been sidelined just like ten others who signed a petition denouncing Nkurunziza’s agenda to seek re-election.
In previous press interviews, this senior politician has gone on record to say, “Our country during the fifty years of independence is known throughout the world to be a country where there are cyclical massacres.” He is of the view that refusal by Nkurunziza to hand over power to others would lead to more massacres.
“I do not know what he will do,” the politician is quoted as having expressed uncertainty about his decision to publicly denounce the ruling party to which he has been a senior member.
Ever since he signed the memo denouncing Nkurunziza against seeking a third term, Ntanyungu has since seen most of his body guards recalled and has been living in fear.
“I fear I may be harmed because we have already observed some unusual methods, which I do not want to name. I fear for my physical integrity. Removing guards means that I would rather die than continue my usual political activities.”
He said earlier that Burundi is a country of lies. There have been thousands of deaths and when you ask the question; “Who killed? You are told, “Nobody knows who killed.” It is a country of lies. We kill people, but we do not find the killers. And when they take the guards away they say, we have taken them off for something else”.